Managing Patients with COPD: A back to basics approach

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. In the UK, there are an estimated 1.2 million people diagnosed with COPD and up to a further 2 million who remain, as yet undiagnosed.

A key component of the Respiratory Care Programme of work at the AHSN NENC is the development of a programme of education to provide additional training in key areas to help address the needs of the region.

The CORE COPD Management Modules are presented by the AHSN NENC and have been developed and funded by AstraZeneca in collaboration with the CORE steering committee and the AHSN NENC.

An information sheet has been developed to provide more information about the CORE COPD Management Modules.

Our educational foundation programme is suitable for all primary care staff with a comprehensive range of more educational modules which can be utilised as required to meet the varying needs of our region.

The modules can be accessed on line at any time convenient to you and can be taken in order of preference. It is not essential to complete all modules at one time, you can create an individual ‘learning package’ to suit your preference.

There modules consist of 9 short (approximately 20 minutes long) presentations from local Healthcare Professionals, followed by a short knowledge test. The modules cover:

  • Making a correct diagnosis of COPD: Symptoms and spirometry
  • Regular review of COPD: QOF and beyond
  • Living with COPD: Manage the patient not the disease
  • Medication and non-pharmacological management of COPD
  • Co-morbidites in COPD: Implications for management
  • Inhalation therapy for COPD: Getting it right
  • Oxygen therapy: Indications and implications
  • Inhaler devices in COPD
  • Acute exacerbations: Identification and management
  • Co-morbidites in COPD: Implications for management
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